One thing that is evident about Sherman Police Officer Talmadge Rhew is his humbleness. Rhew recently received the “Officer of the Quarter” award for the second time, but did not bring it up until he was asked about it.
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One thing that is evident about Sherman Police Officer Talmadge Rhew is his humbleness. Rhew recently received the "Officer of the Quarter" award for the second time, but did not bring it up until he was asked about it.
The reasons Rhew received "Officer of the Quarter" are engraved on the award.
"I think it listed ‘tenaciousness,’ but truthfully it’s just more like being stubborn," he said with a laugh. "I tend to not give up when I’m trying to find a suspect or get somebody identified."
Rhew was reluctant to brag about himself, but did not hesitate to answer when asked how he likes to spend his free time.
"Being with my family," he said, which consists of his wife and two sons, ages five and eight. Rhew enjoys taking his sons on "adventures," as they call them, on his dad’s 400-acre property. The three walk the terrain and observe nature.
"One day we were walking, and we saw a little wasp that had got a little green worm, and I guess it was trying to find its hole in the ground to take it into," Rhew said. "And at about that time a lizard came up, so the wasp turned around to fight the lizard. But the lizard jumped to the side and grabbed his worm and took off. … It was like National Geographic right in front of us."
Rhew grew up in Durant and earned a sociology degree at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He describes how he began working in law enforcement as "kind of funny."
"When I was young I had a little bit of a lead foot, and I didn’t like police officers because I got citations. And a gentleman I looked up to said, ‘Well, if you don’t like it, become one and change it,’" he said.
Rhew first worked as a patrol officer at the Garland Police Department where he stayed for almost one year. He then became a patrol officer at the Sherman Police Department, where he has now been for 12 years. Rhew spends the average work day responding to dispatch calls, hunting down stolen vehicles and keeping an eye on houses known for narcotic activity.
Rhew said, if he is proud of anything, it is that working in law enforcement has helped him to grow in his Christian faith. If he did not have faith, he said, he does not know how he could overcome the "depressing" aspects of his job.
"I don’t do this job for awards, or anything else," Rhew said. "To me I do it because that’s what I feel God is calling me to do."